During the 2019/2020 Season, Arizona Theatre Company started a revolutionary program to bring the community closer to the work we do. Artistic Director, Sean Daniels, created “The Cohort Club” and has implemented it in other cities over the last 7 years — now he has brought it to Arizona!
ATC selects a diverse group of 20 people in the Phoenix area and 20 people in the Tucson area – selected to reflect their respective communities – to join The Cohort Club and become a vital part of the ATC family. Cohort Club members follow our productions from the first rehearsal through opening night and beyond, as well as our workshops of new plays from the first read through to public reading – witnessing the art of theatre as it is crafted in the moment.
We will open our doors to provide unprecedented access to the artistic process. Although all cohorts are welcome to attend happenings in either Tucson or Phoenix, the artistic focus in each city is slightly different.
Because our productions rehearse in Tucson, cohorts in proximity to our rehearsal hall and theatre will see how each production is shaped by the Director, Cast and Creative Team all the way through the process.
Rehearsal time in Phoenix is limited the a few tech rehearsals during the remount process. Though a unique experience in and of itself, we are broadening the scope of the program by developing a new series of engagement activities that put participants backstage during performances, with opportunities to interact with our artists throughout the run of each production in Phoenix, as well as continuing to invite them into the development of new works by some of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming artists!
Cohorts in BOTH cities are allowed…
You will learn about the creation of theatre through observing and conversing with professional artists. We ask you to…
WHAT HAVE PREVIOUS COHORTS WRITTEN?
Here is what one cohort shared about her experience watching technical rehearsals for SILENT SKY:
“I had the pleasure of watching the rehearsal yesterday with all of the tech crew at work. As a theatergoer I had never considered all the same intricate detail that goes into a production. The lighting, staging of furniture and actors, timing, music, props…my mind was blown! … Overall I left the theater feeling part of a family…with a feeling of awe.” – Kathleen Phillips
Find more cohort writing on ATC’s blog!
WHEN DOES IT START?
Cycle 2 officially begins on the first rehearsal of Master Harold…and the Boys in Tucson (Thursday, December 27). However, we are always accepting cohort applications on a rolling basis and are happy to introduce new cohorts into the club at appropriate moments during the cycle.
Feel free to write us using the contact in the city of your choice. If you aren’t sure who to contact, just pick one. We are in conversation with each other daily and can get you an answer or pass you to the appropriate person with no problem.
We look forward to hearing from you and bringing our community more deeply in the ATC family!